PHYSICIAN REFERRALS AND BENEFITS
Physician referrals to complementary health approaches (CHAs)
is interesting. A survey found
that 53.1% of all US physicians referred patients to at least one CHA in the past year. The most
common approaches recommended were massage therapy (30.4%), chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation (27.1%),
herbs/nonvitamin supplements (26.5%), yoga (25.6%) and acupuncture (22.4%).
Female doctors were more inclined than their male counterparts
to suggest for massage,
supplements, acupuncture and mind-body therapies. Psychiatrists, OB/GYNs, and
pediatricians were less inclined to recommend
chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation than general and family practitioners who
most often recommended manipulation (54%) and massage (52.6%).
(1) And it has been documented that first contact
care by a chiropractor for issues like back pain, shoulder and hip pain brings
about lower cost of care as well as clinically comparable
pain relief and higher satisfaction levels. (2) We enjoy
seeing this referral among healthcare providers and physicians of all types! Colorado Springs chiropractic patients may well benefit from such collaboration in costs savings,
pain relief, and confidence in the care they receive.
Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Kim Lombardy on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who interacts
with physicians of all professions to benefit patients and especially
this patient with hip pain and a slipped disc that bothered
her after her hip surgery. His use of The
Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management makes his
TIP OF THE MONTH: Enjoy the Holiday Season!
Just for fun, take a look at these Danish articles
about the benefits of holiday joy and Santa fun! One analysis of medical doctors whose
November conferences (with coffee) were compared to December conferences
(without coffee but with Santa). The Santa visits enhanced the joy
to the level of meetings with coffee. (The authors point out
that the research study was “kept secret for the participant in accordance
with the tradition of Santa’s elves.”) (3) Another Danish study looked
at issues like belief in Santa and relationship length that may impact
doctors’ divorce statistics in
the months following the holidays. Divorce rates rose least for general
practitioners whose relationships were also reported to be longer
that other medical subspecialties. Belief
in Santa was beneficial only for psychiatrists!
These authors’ bottom-line recommendation was to join in
the Christmas fun but don’t rely on Santa for the gift
shopping. Everyone must do that for himself/herself! (4)
If you see Santa in your Colorado Springs chiropractor’s office, it is
a good thing for all!
CONTACT The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR
Schedule your next Colorado Springs chiropractic
appointment today with The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR hopes you
see Santa and smile with joy. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR appreciates any referrals
from physicians for Colorado Springs chiropractic spinal manipulation which The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR
prides itself on being the back pain specialty practice in Colorado Springs.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!